LIDO JAZZ ROOM

Tucked underneath a cinema screen and down a narrow stairway, the Lido Jazz Room boasts live music every Friday and Saturday, 8pm – 10pm, from the best jazz players in town. Inspired by iconic Manhattan jazz bars of the 80s, the Lido Jazz Room seats 40 guests alongside the in-house piano and drum kit. Sonny Rehe, owner of Fitzroy’s Uptown Jazz Café, curates the gig guide with both local and visiting acts being featured. 

$25/$20*

*Members and Student Concession only.

The Connie Lansberg Quartet
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Stellar performer Connie Lansberg hails from The San Fernando Valley CA and has played in London, LA and all over Australia. She is a lover of story and melody fused with the freedom and interplay of great Jazz musicians. Her song writing style stems from the folk music of her childhood, Simon and Garfunkle and the storys from classic American country. Combined with tunes from her favorite jazz artists including, Bill Evans, Sheila Jordan and Sergio Mendez, look forward to a joyous inspired evening.

Duration: 120 minutes
The Sarah Maclaine Quartet
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Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Maclaine constantly delights audiences with her rich, velvety voice, its beautiful tone and fantastic vocal range.

She moves with ease from jazz to pop, blues to r&b. Sarah has a vast and eclectic repertoire.

From 1997 to 2006 she was a regular guest artist on Bert Newton's Good Morning Australia, clocking up around eighty performances on the popular show.

Sarah performs with some of Australia's finest musicians and you can catch her singing regularly in many of Melbourne's top jazz venues.

"Sarah Maclaine brings classic jazz into the modern world with her beautiful voice. She has the expression of a singer from the past but adds her "today" twist. She is a reminder of the good ole days, with an outstanding presence of being in the now. You only need to see her once to be hooked." LIBERTY DEVITTO (30 years drums / Billy Joel)

Duration: 120 minutes
Emma Gilmartin Quartet
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One of the most beautiful vocalists on the jazz scene, Emma Gilmartin returns to the Lido Jazz Room with her blend of swinging standards, featuring some of the best players in town.

"Emma Gilmartin has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented jazz vocalists. Her voice is undeniably beautiful with a crystalline purity of vibrato-less tone and flawless pitch” - Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide

"Now and then, one hears a voice which instantly suggests uncommon beauty and musicality. Add to this a sensitivity to lyrics, impeccable sense of pitch, a rare control of vibrato, and you have wonderful artistry. This is what I hear in the singing of Emma Gilmartin. It all comes from her approach to both her art and her fellow human beings." - Tony Gould – pianist/composer

Duration: 120 minutes
Jackie Bornstein Quartet
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Following her June Melbourne International Jazz Festival sellout show, Jackie returns to Lido Jazz Room with her rich vocals and top band. Singing sensitive interpretations of jazz classics, Jackie also shares her love of languages singing in French, Portuguese and English. Jackie will perform an infectious repertoire featuring a mixture of ballads, bossa nova and swing tunes by influential composers including George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jimmy Van Heusen and more. Joined by the gifted guitarist Craig Fermanis, esteemed bassist Tamara Murphy and in-demand drummer Danny Farrugia.

Duration: 120 minutes
Margie Lou Dyer Quintet
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Margie Lou has held down a residency at St. Kilda’s fantastic jazz and seafood restaurant Claypots for half a decade and this show is a rare chance to see her in the East. Her gravelly, astonishingly expressive voice is reminiscent of the best women of early jazz, like Bessie Smith, or Billie Holiday, and her blues-tinged, heavy-grooving New Orleans style of piano playing is unique in Melbourne. Daughter of legendary jazzman Warwick “Wocka” Dyer and musical soulmate and partner of the late Allan Browne, Margie is Melbourne jazz royalty.

Come catch her perform with her enormously talented Quintet. Not to be missed.

Duration: 120 mins
Peter Baylor's Ultrafox
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French gypsy jazz in the infectious style of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France. Elegant swing, tender jazz ballads, gypsy waltzes and hot rhythm are just a few of the trademark sounds from Ultrafox.

Formed in 2008 by veteran guitarist Peter Baylor, Ultravox has enjoyed a busy work schedule with appearances at Australia's favourite clubs, events and festivals.

A professional musician since 1980, in recent years Peter Baylor has toured Australia, the USA, Europe and Japan with a variety of groups including Doug Parkinson, The Dancehall Racketeers, Stringbusters, Flatfoot Shakers and many more. He has supported Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, The Stray Cats, Tav Falco, Rosie Flores, Big Sandy and his flyrite boys, Mark O'Connor and Dan Crary over the years, and more recently Mike Compton.

With his eclectic guitar and vocal style he moves effortlessly from jazz and swing to blues, rockabilly and country styles.

Duration: 120 minutes
The Julie O'Hara Quartet
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Vocalist, improvisor and songwriter, Julie O'Hara has been active in jazz for almost twenty years, growing up in Melbourne, Australia, performing with Big Bands, gypsy swing, traditional jazz, R&B swing, bebop and vocalese.

Julie has earned a reputation for her prodigious activity in Melbourne's jazz and music clubs, national and international music and jazz festivals as a versatile and committed vocalist and songwriter.

"An outstanding singer." - Laurence Donahue-Green (All about Jazz Magazine, New York)

"O'Hara's vocals are imbued with a strong jazz feel with eloquent phrasing, melodic variations and rhythmic expression." - John McBeath (The Australian)

Duration: 120 minutes
Bob Sedergreen and Friends
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Bob and Nilusha Dassainake have recorded together and performed together many times at The Stonnington Jazz in The Garden series, drawing large crowds to hear Bob’s Show Band, which included Sonja Horbelt on drums and Jon Chidgey on bass. This performance reunites these friends whose empathy on stage will be obvious to all. A night of fun, glamour and sophistication.

Duration: 120 minutes
Alinta and the Jazz Emperors
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Alinta and the Jazz Emperors – a soulful empire of jazz, infectious sense of humour and extended joy-infused improvisations. They’re five very fine musicians in a band that is always more than the sum of the parts. Alinta is a stunning and charismatic vocalist/songwriter and has starred in many musicals such as West Side Story, Dusty Springfield and most recently as Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar. Dutch tenor saxophonist Remco Keijzer has been leading his original bands through Europe, Australia and America. He put the Jazz Emperors together to take Australian stages by storm with the superb Sam Keevers on piano and rhythm section of Jonathan Zion on Double Bass and Darryn Farrugia on Drums. Exploring an exciting range of original songs and freshly arranged standards, they never fail to engage.

Duration: 120 minutes
Tamara Kuldin Quartet
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'Sultry, sassy, cheeky-Tamara Kuldin is all that and much more. A jazz seductress with a honey-rich voice that soothes and captivates.' – australianjazz.net

Known for her infectious sense of fun and ability to make an audience feel like they're part of something special, Tamara Kuldin is an exciting fixture on the Australian jazz scene. With her diverse repertoire of hot swing, sentimental ballads and buxom blues, Tamara seamlessly weaves her way through a delightful bouquet of song.

Having recently sold out the debut of her new album 'Love, Longing & Longing' at the Melbourne Recital Centre, tonight Tamara offers her favourite selection of tunes from the Great American Songbook as well as other lesser known vintage gems, infusing the evening with her own evocative re-imaginings of some much loved tunes.

Duration: 120 minutes